Fun Facts for Halloween!

Did you know that AVAC® is hosting a Halloween Parade for our families? Join us in AVAC® Childcare for our morning Halloween parade on October 30. Children will visit each department at AVAC® trick or treating for safe Halloween Treats.

via – Hanna Wares, Team AVAC®

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Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, can be traced back about 2,000 years to a pre-Christian Celtic festival held around Nov. 1 called Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”), which means “summer’s end” in Gaelic, according to the Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries.

Amazing Halloween facts:

  • If the candy corn kernels sold each year were laid out end to end, they would wrap around the Earth 4.25 times.
  • Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy each year for Halloween. Equivalent to the weight of 6 Titanic ships.
  • The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
  • Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween
  • The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.
  • The first known mention of trick-or-treating in print in North America occurred in 1927 in Blackie, Alberta, Canada
  • Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.
  • Halloween has variously been called All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool, Snap-Apple Night, Samhaim, and Summer’s End.
  • According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight.
  • In many countries, such as France and Australia, Halloween is seen as an unwanted and overly commercial American influence.
  • Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
  • Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.

Have a fun but safe Halloween!

~Hanna Wares | Team AVAC®

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